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break off

break off

verb

Definition of BREAK OFF

intransitive verb
1
:  to stop abruptly <break off in the middle of a sentence>
2
:  to become detached <branches that broke off in the storm>
3
:  to end a relationship <broke off with his business partner>
transitive verb
1
:  discontinue <break off diplomatic relations>
2
:  to remove by or as if by breaking <broke off a chunk of bread>

Examples of BREAK OFF

  1. <the judge broke off court proceedings until after lunch>
  2. <talks between the two sides broke off when one began making unreasonable demands>

First Known Use of BREAK OFF

14th century

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